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Rick Ross assassination attempt might have links to Gangster Disciples
Jan-30-2013 500 0

There is no shortage of suspects in Monday's assassination attempt on well-known rap star Rick Ross. And they all lead back to Chicago.

Ross survived a shooting ambush in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Monday morning.

The worst kept secret in the rap world has been a dispute between Ross and the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples. Ross was apparently targeted by gang leaders after he used some of their signs, symbols and logos without paying them the required fees.

Over the past few months, gang members have posted video death threats against the rapper on YouTube. Monday, a hit squad opened fire on Ross in South Florida.

There was a spray of gunfire just before daybreak on the silver Rolls Royce being driven by rapper Rick Ross, stage name for William L. Roberts.

"Nine or 10 shots, rapid fire," said a witness. "AK-47 or pretty large rifle, it was definitely a rifle."

Fort Lauderdale police tell the I-Team that they cannot confirm nor dismiss whether the allege threats to the rap star are legitimate but that detectives are examining the forensic evidence.

Despite all the bullets, rapper Ross, celebrating his 37th birthday Monday, was not hurt and neither was his girlfriend in the car, which crashed into an apartment.

Videos claiming to have been posted by Gangster Disciple members in cities across the U.S. all say that the rapper needs to pay the gang or he will be killed.

Authorities in South Florida say the motive for the attack is unclear.

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Some of the pills taken from Prince's estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation said Sunday.

The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said nearly two dozen pills found in one Aleve bottle were falsely labeled as "Watson 385." According to Drugs.com, that stamp is used to identify pills containing a mix of acetaminophen and hydrocodone, but the official said at least one of the pills tested positive for fentanyl.

Autopsy results released in June show Prince died April 21 of an accidental fentanyl overdose. The official who spoke to the AP said records show the 57-year-old Prince had no prescription for any controlled substances in the state of Minnesota in the 12 months before he died.

Authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the drugs.

Fentanyl has been responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in some parts of the country. When made into counterfeit pills, users don't always know they're taking fentanyl, increasing the risk of fatal overdose.

The Star Tribune first reported about the mislabeled pills in a story published on its website late Saturday.

Some of the dozens of pills seized from Paisley Park were found to have other drugs in them, some were oxycodone or codeine, and some were not controlled substances.

About a dozen tablets were found in a dressing room at Paisley Park, but the vast majority was in bottles of aspirin and Vitamin C that had been tucked inside a suitcase and bags — including one Prince often carried with him. Some pills were also found loose in the bag, the official said.

One pill with the "Watson 385" stamp tested positive for fentanyl, lidocaine and another drug. Officials found nearly two dozen pills similar to the one that was tested, the official said.

Another aspirin bottle had more than 60 counterfeit tablets in it.

Some pills that were analysed contained fentanyl, lidocaine and U-4770 — a synthetic drug that is eight times more powerful than morphine.

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Kevin Hart has tied the knot!

Hart, 37, married longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish, 31, in a wedding in California, surrounded by friends and family.

The couple got engaged almost two years ago, when Hart proposed to Parrish on her 30th birthday.

In a video of the proposal shared on Instagram, the comedian gushed about his wife-to-be.

"On this perfect day I chose to make the most perfect decision," he said before getting down on one knee.

"I said YES!!!!! To the most amazing man in the world," Parrish wrote on Instagram.

The two lovebirds have never been shy about showing their affection for one another, frequently posting sweet pics of each other on social media.

On Saturday, Hart shared a Snapchat video of himself with Parrish walking around a California beachside resort, gushing about his bride to be.

And in another Snap, he cuddled close to his son Hendrix.

"Hanging out with my best man," hart said in the video clip. He added: "My best friend a.k.a., my best man"

Parrish recently shared a pic for Hart's 37th birthday captioned "I hope you're enjoying your b–day vacay, that you truly deserve... Happy birthday my love," she posted on Instagram.

Though the wedding is only taking place now after having been together for many years, Hart confessed that marriage has been a long time coming for the couple.

"I already feel married, the wedding is really just for her," Hart said in a new cover story with Entertainment Weekly.

In addition to his commitment to his love, Hart also emphasized the importance of his children. Despite his recent box office success, the Central Intelligence star said he always puts his family first and never wants to let fame get in the way.

"Regardless of my level of success, I don't ever want to lose the family feeling of a home," he told Entertainment Weekly.

"I don't want to be in a mansion where I have to find my kids on the east wing. I want to sit on the couch and be able to yell into the kitchen, 'Hey come on, let's go outside and ride a bike!' I like two dogs, I like a fence. I don't need no dolphins. I don't need a shark in my shark tank."

Hart has two children – his son Hendrix, 8, and daughter Heaven, 11. Their mother is Hart's previous wife Torrei Hart, whom he was married to for eight years.

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Halle Berry is yet another star speaking out against the recent police shootings.

The actress took to Instagram on Thursday, posting a picture of her 2-year-old son, Maceo, alongside a passionate plea for change.

"What will my brown son's future be?" Berry wrote. "What will your brown son's future be? The uncertainty is real."

The 49-year-old actress, who is also the mother to an 8-year-old daughter, Nahla, begged her followers "not to be a bystander in this life, but to go out and find ways to make peaceful change."

"Our boys need us so rather than launching into deep sentiment here on this platform, I promise to find ways to get involved and help," she continued. "Please do the same. You can start by reaching out to your local politicians, legislators & government officials NOW. Let us be heard. God bless all the victims and families of these senseless CRIMES."

Berry is the latest star to speak out this week, following the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

On Wednesday, rapper Drake shared an emotional post to Instagram calling for change and "honest dialogue."

"It's impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago," he wrote. "No one begins their lives as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues."
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Creed actor Michael B. Jordan has responded to recent police brutality and shootings on his Instagram account, pleading with the public that "this must stop."

In a lengthy post in the caption, Jordan explains that he has spent this week "trying to process" the tragic events, including the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

"I'm still looking for the words to express my pain," he writes. "The fact is Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were not unfortunate accidents. These are just a few of the countless incidents of violent neglect, poor training and lack of accountability that clearly illustrate one thing: Black people are being disproportionally dehumanized and murdered, this must stop!"

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He says the recent events hit "close to home. It could have easily been myself, my little brother, my dad, one of my friends, or any of us." Jordan praises his mother, sister and "all my magical black women" who he says are the unsung heroes of tragic events like this week's shootings, and he pleads with people to avoid violence as a solution to violence: "Violence is not the answer; it only begets more fear and violence. This is the time to unify; our communities, our churches and our homes. My mission is to channel my anger and energy - along with my love and hope for the future into actively finding solutions. Change will take all of us, we can no longer say or do...Nothing."
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A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday denied Bill Cosby's latest bid to have the sexual assault charges against him thrown out, ruling that the 78-year-old comedian must stand trial in the case. Judge Steven O'Neill rejected Cosby's arguments that prosecutors violated his rights by refusing to call the accuser, Andrea Constand, as a witness at a preliminary hearing in May, thus shielding her from cross-examination. "This case shall proceed to trial on those counts," O'Neill said at the conclusion of a three-hour hearing in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. Once one of the most beloved U.S. entertainers thanks to his family-friendly persona, Cosby is facing accusations of sexual assault from dozens of women stretching back decades.

Constand's allegations that Cosby assaulted her at his home in 2004 have resulted in the only criminal prosecution against him, as most of the other claims involve incidents that are too old to produce charges. Cosby, who wore a pinstriped tan jacket and used a cane to walk on Thursday, has denied assaulting anyone and has portrayed the encounter with Constand as consensual. "Today someone who has given so much to so many had his constitutional rights trampled once again," said Brian McMonagle, a lawyer for Cosby, after O'Neill's ruling. Thursday's proceeding stemmed from a preliminary hearing in May to determine whether enough evidence existed to hold Cosby over for trial. At that hearing, prosecutors chose not to call Constand as a witness. Instead, two police detectives who took her statement in 2005 testified as to what she told them at the time. Christopher Tayback, one of Cosby's lawyers, said prosecutors were using "hearsay evidence" improperly, robbing Cosby of his constitutional right to confront his accuser while relying on an 11-year-old statement plagued with inconsistencies.

"It's a statement that on its face begs more questions than it answers," he said. Cosby's lawyers said the case should be dismissed or, in the alternative, Constand should be ordered to testify at a new preliminary hearing and face cross-examination. But prosecutors said current case law allows the use of hearsay at preliminary hearings, even though the issue is pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. District Attorney Kevin Steele told O'Neill his office did not want to "re-traumatize victims" by requiring them to testify about their assaults multiple times.

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Thursday's hearing offered a preview of the defense trial strategy, which will likely focus on Constand and her credibility. Constand, a former basketball coach at Cosby's alma mater Temple University, has accused him of drugging her and then assaulting her on a couch. Cosby has admitted giving her the allergy medication Benadryl but maintained they engaged in consensual acts.
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A federal bankruptcy court judge in Connecticut on Wednesday approved a plan for 50 Cent to reorganize his finances and pay back creditors.

The rapper who burst onto the music scene in 2003 with his debut album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin," filed for bankruptcy a year ago, citing debts of $36 million and assets of less than $20 million.

50 cent will make a $7.4 million payment to begin the bankruptcy plan approved Wednesday, The Hartford Courant reports.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, owns a mansion in Farmington.

Under the plan approved by the judge, creditors holding unsecured claims will receive 74 to 92 percent of the money they are owed, depending on how quickly 50 Cent makes the payments.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ann Nevins noted that 50 Cent "has a significant ability to generate income."

His bankruptcy filing in July 2015 came days after losing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit filed by a woman who said he acquired a video she made with her boyfriend, added himself as a crude commentator and posted it online without her permission. A jury awarded $7 million to the woman, Lastonia Leviston.

As part of the plan, Leviston agreed to take $6 million.

50 Cent took the stand on Wednesday and the judge asked if he understood provisions of the plan, including a requirement to pay the $6 million to Leviston, even if he seeks bankruptcy protection again.

"That's not gonna happen," 50 Cent said.

Jackson is an admitted former crack dealer who has built an empire beyond entertainment. He invested early in Vitamin Water and has expanded his business interests into clothing and audio equipment.

Now 41, he has gone on to become an actor whose credits include the Starz network action series "Power." He also was named by Forbes last year as one of hip-hop's five wealthiest artists for 2015.

He bought his 17-acre home in Connecticut from boxer Mike Tyson in 2003 for $4.1 million. The house, which is now up for sale, includes 19 bedrooms, more than two dozen bathrooms, a gym, billiard rooms, racquetball courts and a disco.
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Grey’s Anatomy star and activist Jesse Williams, who last month mourned the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice during an impassioned speech at the BET Awards, is now commenting on the death of Alton Sterling.

The 37-year-old, who was armed, according to the Associated Press, was shot to death by police at a Louisiana store after it was reported to 911 that someone near the store was threatening them with a gun (the Justice Department will investigate the shooting). In a series of three tweets after news of Sterling’s death broke, Williams challenged his followers to “provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution.”

“In the interest of time, would ye noble patriots please provide a list of infractions punishable by spontaneous public execution? Thanks!” he wrote. “Upon receipt of this list, we’ll return to our quarters and study up, eager to enjoy freedoms of white mass murders. #LIFEHACK.” He then added, “You chumps will NEVER provide this list… We see through you.”

Williams made a similar point in his BET Awards speech: “Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm, and not kill white people everyday,” he said. “So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.”

“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries,” he continued, “and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though — the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.”

Williams wasn’t the only celebrity outraged by Sterling’s death – see more responses below, and read more about the shooting, which the Justice Department is set to investigate, here.
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The hip-hop star was arrested Saturday after he uttered the word "motherf---er" at his performance in St. Kitts, where it's illegal to swear in public, TMZ reports.

Organizers for the show reportedly warned the rapper that he needed to censor his concert, but he chose to perform his normal setlist anyway.

He apparently took things too far when he screamed the curse into the microphone in front of 40,000 fans, prompting local police to arrive and arrest him after the show.

The "Candy Shop" artist was taken to the police station and booked for the misdemeanor. He must remain in St. Kitts until Monday so he can return to court and pay a fine, TMZ reports.

It's unclear how much the indecent infraction will cost 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, but DMX was forced to pay $376 for a similar offense in the Caribbean island nation in 2003.

Fitty's finances have been in question since last year, when he filed for bankruptcy. He continued to flaunt his wealth on social media in the ensuing months, most notably sharing an Instagram photo featuring several stacks of $100 bills arranged to spell out the word "broke."

In March, however, he filed a court statement claiming the bills were fake.

The rapper also reached a $6 million settlement earlier this year with Lastonia Leviston, who sued him after he shared her private sex tape online to draw viewers to his website.
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Actor Michael Jace was sentenced to 40 years to life today in downtown Los Angeles court, according to ABC's Los Angeles station KABC.

The former "Shield" star was found guilty of second-degree murder at the end of last month for murdering his wife, April Jace, two years ago.

Jace, 53, had pleaded not guilty and, according to the Associated Press, claimed to investigators he did not mean to kill her in 2014 when he shot her. Jace had admitted to shooting April Jace once in the back and twice in the legs, according to the AP.

During his trial, Jace's 10-year-old son testified that he heard his father taunt his mother before shooting her. Jace did not take the stand, but his attorney, Jamon Hicks, told jurors that Jace shot his wife in the heat of passion, that he "snapped," according to the AP.

Prosecutor Tannaz Mokayef told jurors during the trial that the altercation stemmed from April Jace wanting a divorce.
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